PM Modi clarifies controversial pension scheme for ex-servicemen

BACK1r1pSpeaking at a rally in Faridabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said servicemen who have taken early retirement will be eligible to receive the benefits of the One Rank One Pension scheme.

He said 80 percent of the army men who work in junior posts and have to retire after 15 or 20 years will be among the first to get benefits. Ex-servicemen who have been disabled in the line of duty will also get benefits.

Protesting ex-servicemen thanked the PM for his information but said they would call off their stir only after all their demands are met. The 14 protesters’ indefinite hunger strike has been called off for now.

The veterans demand pension equalisation every year and do not agree on the composition of the judicial board.

The issue is by no means over, much is left to be done, but PM Modi’s attention and effort to clarify the situation has meant a lot.